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going on today. this is "mad money high noon." we've been listening all morning to ben bernanke's testimony. they're taking a break and we're monitoring it and return to it if need be. let's go to steve liesman. what do you think is happening here? >> the main thing to note is the thing he said again that the fed will remain exceptionally low for an extended period. there were questions about given what happened to the discount rate and given a very confusing financing program that they announced yesterday which is sort of a drain on liquidity. the main thing is bernanke steps forward and says we will remain exceptional, there are a lot of games and dancing going on about regulatory reform and games and dancing going on about some of the fed anger and the populist anger about where you go from here on deficits and that, but i don't think any of that is as substantial, jimmy, as the chairman saying here's the policy. the policy is what it was in january. one other note i would make, i thought his comments on the recovery were tentative and more on the one hand and on the other ha
. the president, mr. bernanke, secretary lahood, testifying on the toyota issues on the hill. let's take a breakaway. we're going to watch them all and bring in john harwood, steve liesman and andrew par menty yea, managing partner with height analytics and open the discussion here. steve, you've been listening to mr. bernanke sum it up for us. what are the three or four bullet points. >> he reiterate that the fed will remain exceptionally low. that was a little bit more dovish than maybe some expected. you see the bond market rallied a bit. the dollar kind of hung in there. stocks have done better while bernanke's been talking. interesting comments on the volcker rule where i guess he's in opposition to the president's strong ideas about banning proprietary trading by the banks. he's saying you can do that idea, but it's frouth with danger and a better way might be to give the regulators authority to limit risky activity. he's got a less or thoughdox version of the volcker rule which is what is already in the house bill >> he also made interesting comments on deflation because one of th
with thousands of flights grounded as we speak. >>> fed chairman, ben bernanke laying the groundwork on the central bank's exit strategy for the economic rescue efforts. we've got details of what mr. bernanke said today coming up. >>> but first here's a look at how we finished the day on wall street. the dow jones industrial average under water today. down 21 points on the dow at 10038. under a billion shares traded here on the nyse, as people stayed home, instead of embracing the heavy travel and heavy snow. s&p 500 down 2.5%. quarter of a percent lower at 106 and the nasdaq composite gave up three points and technology one of the winners on the session as was financial services. we get all of the action right now from bertha coombs our floor on the nyse. >> reporter: hey, maria, all things considered it's not a very bad day on the close, even though we closed to the downside. the real factors that kept people hessittant today, the snow of course. that kept volumes lower, but also the uncertainty about where we're headed with greece. this morning, as you take a look at the intraday
to entertain you. call me. the most dramatic piece of news today did not come from ben bernanke's grilling in front of the house of representatives. bernanke floated like a butterfly. didn't bother to sting at all. it wasn't the skewering of toyota by congress for which the takeaway is quite obvious. keep buys ford and ford preferred. no, none of that. the most sit-up and take notice piece of news today came from dollar tree. which skyrocketed six points, up more than 14% on a day when the dow gained only, well, like 92 points. s&p up a percent. why do we care about a dollar score more than the fed chairman or a huge automaker? first, in full disclosure, my good and plenties of toiletries at my local store did not skew the numbers higher. although it didn't subtract from the company's astounds 32% increase in earnings. no. what this number says and what the stox said in reaction to it along with the store's radically high guidance from 2010, is that the consumer, the consumer is bummed and the consumer is stretched. >> the house of pain. >> i tell you, you don't go to dollar tree to feel g
, fed chairman ben bernanke has returned to capitol hill this morning. and investors are looking for more clues on the central bank's next move. and the markets at this hour have u.s. equity futures under a bit of pressure after yesterday's rebound as "squawk box" begins right now. >> welcome to "squawk box" right here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen at the cnbc world headquarters. carl is in washington this morning where president obama is hosting a televised health care summit. we'll have more from carl on that story. but joe, that's not the only news in washington today. >> no, it's not. we may pipe in that music with carl down there and he'll be looking good. he'll have his jacket on. >> he always looks good. >> yes, he does. also in washington, carl is there, but also this other guys that's going to show up. that's not really what all the scuttlebutt is going to be about down there. it's about carl. but ben bernanke will come back and testify on the hill today. yesterday he pledged to continue record low interest rates for, in his words, an extended period. >>
a big eye there. let's get a check on wall street where fed chairman ben bernanke is making investments nervous. sfoks are down after bernanke outlined the ways fed can pull back on the $1 trillion being used to prop up the economy. today's house financial services commity hearing was postponed because of the snow in d.c. the fed decided to release bernanke's prepared remarks anyway. so we are going the keep our eye on how the markets respond there throughout the day. you can see as we stand still above the 10,000 mark but down 37 points on the day. stocks are low on fears any move by the fed to pull out money from the financial system could hurt the recovery. >>> the sex scandal surrounding john edwards is back in the news. today's the deadline for former aide to turn over an alleged sex tape. senior investigative correspondent lisa myers joins me now. has he done it yet? is the plan that he will turn it over during a court hearing? >> well, as of a couple of hours ago the tape was in the sheriff's office in north carolina. and was going to be delivered to the court around 2:00 today w
. >> okay let's talk about what went on this week, glenn, as ben bernanke addressed congressional commit these week. there's been so much attention focused on the fed and how they will unwind all of the monetary support that they've put into place to support the economy. last week the fed increasing that discount rate. what are your thoughts on the move so far? how much longer can the fed keep the rates as low as they are and still manage an exit strategy. >> i think that chairman bernanke said it well when he said that the fed would need to keep rates lo, certainly for most of this year. i think the balance sheet adjustments would happen before any formal changes in the federal funds rate. the real questions on an exit strategy aren't economic and technical. they're political. because the fed would have to unwind portfolios, things like mortgage-backed securities, long-term treasuries. that requires political courage, but i have every faith in the federal reserve that it can do this. >> let me ask you in terms of the administration in terms of the stimulus. they're talking about save, c
'll see what fed chairman ben bernanke has to say on tuesday and wednesday. he may shed a little more light on what the fed's policy actions yesterday and what they may be in the coming weeks and months. >> alex, what do you expect next week from bernanke and what do you think the reaction will be? >> it's two different things. i expect him to do nothing. what i would hope he does is raise rates. in the energy market you have a complete disconnect between fundamentals and price. if you look at the amount of crude, heat and gasoline in storage, we're at absurdly high levels but the price is also ridiculous and it's ridiculous because the dollar is so weak. so unless he does something and does what he should do you'll have crude continue to just drag itself higher with a weakening dollar and that's an unfortunate thing because it really doesn't help anybody. >> where do you think, alex, prices are going to be at memorial day on oil? >> i think what's going to happen is that i'm tending to fight this. i think that they want to push it towards $80 but i think it runs out of gas around the
. the fed was very clear about that in its statement. ben bernanke was very clear about that. we have to take them at their word. banks are still nursing a lot of wounds. >> they can say that all they want but the truth is rates are going to go up. for most americans that is the most important rate. >> well, so, they're not expecting a big increase in mortgage rates actually. when they stop buying mortgages in march. and to the extent that mortgage rates do go up, you know, think if anything it gives them less of an inclination to raise the fed fund rate further down the road. if you ask me, the odds of a feds fund rate increase later this year have actually gotten down in the last 24 hours and gone up because the number was soft. the soft cpi number means the dove have a strengther hand. they're saying we've got to keep rates low for a long time. the feds said this technical discount rate did not change the broader view of where the financial system and the economy are. >> can you explain why, then, they did this in an emergency way? they have this meeting where they make this decisi
uptick in global trade activity. fed chairman ben bernanke beginning to lay out a strategy for weaning the economy off the stimulus plan. the time for such steps has not yet arrived. a surprise dip in mortgage applications as rates on 30-year loans fell to their lowest since debs and wall street looking at a bailout for debt burdenened greece. now back to "hardball." >>> welcome back to "hardball." the headline in the "washington post"/abc poll. good news for republicans. bad news for the democrats. it reads on major issues republicans gain ground on president obama. what do both parties make about the shifting ground? steve mcmahon a democratic strategist, todd harris a republican strategist. if you are a democrat these are big, bad numbers. in february of this year, the democrats were trusted by 56% of the people. which party do you trust to do the better job coping the the main challenges. the white side is a year ago. the democrats were big on the trust issue, unemployment, health care, foreign policy. look at the numbers 43 to 37. the democrats only a little bit ahead. six points
. bernanke will lay out a plan for credit tightening. another big headline, former merrill lynch chief john thain picked to lead cit. it brings together two prominent casualties of the credit crisis. >> "the washington post" after the massive snowstorm, they are ready to get hit again tomorrow. >> the snow at their home was up to their waist. >> your mom has an art exhibit here. what are they 82? >> 82 and 80. and they drove up. >> once you have to drive through nazi check posts to escape the country, it's nothing getting through jersey. >> i was worried, but they are just fine. she has a big opening tonight it will be fun. >> my art exhibit was there last week. >> it was? did you show your postcards? that's good. >>> michael lke allen has the m playbook. the joint summit on health care. i like the idea if you think it will give the idea of health care reform momentum. >> well, sure. i think people in both parties wonder why now? we said on this show, one of the easiest things for the president to have done was to call republicans, turn on c-span, msnbc and say what have you got? he is fina
. people still point to may of '07 when bernanke says subprime is 9% of mortgages, right? they're not infallible. and we can't expect them to be, i guess, is the answer, right? >> none of us is infallible. if you didn't learn that, you missed something over the course of the past three years. >> dan's with us for the rest of the program. we've got a lot more to talk about. >>> meantime, any questions or comments this morning, we'd love to hear from you. our address is squawk@cnbc.com. >>> when we come back, european exposure, debt crisis overseas, how some u.s. companies might be impacted. >>> still to come, olympic skiers headed to the starting gate at whistler while bankers in new york await a possible auction. we'll get an update from daniel nu mudd, the ceo of fortress, just ahead. >>> time now for today's "aflac trivia question." what baseball player nicknamed the georgia peach amassed 4,189 hits in his career? this is not more benefits at greater cost to your company insurance. this is not how does it fit in my company's budget insurance. this is help protect and care for
to think about the exit strategy. ben bernanke next week may have to tell us, again that they're going to have to pay reserves -- that they have to pay interest on bank reserves. not only are good things happening to the u.s. dollar from this hokiness from the u.s. but also as you said that next week was going to happen from greece. all of this talk about greece and no solution that means that the ecb has to stay where it is in terms of this liquidity. and then you've got the chinese, where they have to tighten interest rates and make things more tighter. that is not good for commodities and it's good for the u.s. dollar. and there was a lot of talk about the yield curves. don't only look at the long end of the curve. don't only look at the short end of the curve. look at things, like the ten minus the two. the yield spread. and once the spread begins to flatten and starts to turn down a little bit, that has always been for the dollar. >> all right, so you're going to be buying dollars even at this level, then, even though we have seen this move, a said that the commodities could be po
bernanke and break out his crystal ball. >>> still ahead this hour, question time. president obama sitting down with both political parties. direct engagement may be the president's new m.o. you'll get to watch it all live. we'll talk about it with 538.com's nate silver. one of those out there demanding more open forums for just this type of engagement. >>> on "hardball," with bipartisanship out, what is there to talk about? chris matthews debates that questions with members of both parties on "hardball," up next. reliable, high-quality vehicles has been our first priority. ♪ in recent days, our company hasn't been living up to the standards that you've come to expect from us or that we expect from ourselves. that's why 172,000 toyota and dealership employees are dedicated to making things right we have a fix for our recalls. we stopped production so we could focus on our customers' cars first. and technicians are making repairs. we're working around the clock to ensure we build vehicles of the highest quality... to restore your faith... in our company. for more information visit toyota.
, in studying history, unless you learn from it, all the economic experts and bernanke and obama included, understood in the great depression the one thing they did not do is spend enough fast enough in order to stimulate the economy in order to create sustainable growth which obama and bernanke are doing. >> so, jeanne, why is this package viewed so negatively by so many in the country one year later? >> well, i think that the democrats didn't necessarily sell it as it was, you know, throughout the year. they went off and did health care and then came back to jobs. you know, 2 million people may have been helped by it. but another 8 million lost their jobs. so, more people are feeling pain than benefit. and so as a result, i think most people don't -- don't appreciate or really understood that, you know, it was a limited package. people thought it should have been bigger. it helped, but it didn't resolve the economic crisis we were in. >> wow. ryan, what's your view on that? why do you believe so many people have such a negative view of the package? >> i have to agree. we didn't sell it
's an interesting idea. bernanke yesterday mentioned that the spike in jobless claims might have been at least partly related to the weather. i would say there's a little more uncertainty than maybe mr. knapp suggests as to whether or not this is weather related or how much of a comedown we're getting from that fourth quarter gdp which was very strong and as you said revised up, erin, to 5.9% from 5.7%. it is interesting to look at the details and where the strength was to kind of figure out whether or not, how much of that is going to continue. what you see when you look at it is the consumer was pretty weak at one point, 7%, and nobody thinks that's going to be any stronger in this quarter. business spending was very strong. that's a wild card. that could continue. exports strong again and of course the big part of that not shown here are the inventories -- inventory numbers. this conference, though, is going to be about the fed policy and the fed's role put on here by the university of chicago's school of business. there are going to be no less than four members of the federal market commit
decades. he made money too cheap. a lot of people want to put bernanke on mt. rushmore because he's making money cheap and guiding us through this crisis. >> it does raise us to this issue. rates were so low under alan greenspan was part of the problem and then we had this giant bubble and the bubble burst. instead of letting the bubble go back to flat we've been huffing and puffing by printing more money and trying to help everybody and make it easier to try to keep it inflated a little bit. it has so many holes in it will go down here at some point. >> you're right. all right. international superstar erin burnett. how many points exactly is the market going to go up m. >> i hate this. >> we'll see if it turns around by the end of the day. we'll have a lower open. i'll make it up. up plus 30. >> wrong. up 72. erin burnett, thank you. >> have a good weekend, guys. >> that's all i got. thank you for being with us, erin. that $100 that you have, it's worth about $72 now. >> mika stole it back. typical democrat taking your money. >> she's liberal. all right. coming up, new overnight developme
them like you hate a root canal. that means ben bernanke, you guys were the dentists. how does that make you feel the thing that everyone hates sts thing you had to do. >> i felt like i was having a root canal without anesthesia at the same time. there's a scene in my book "on the brink." and this was a day or two before we were going to need to step in and rescue citigroup. what really hit me was that i was forever going to be associated with these bailouts and the treasury secretary that did these interventions. then i said, that will be the good news. the bad news will be if we can't cobble together something that works for citigroup and it goes down, i'll be one who presides over another great depression. >> remember it was fanny and fred die and city citigroup and a whole host of other banks, ways to try to fix this without public intervention. he talks about the realization he was going to be forever knowns the guy behind the bailouts and how shocking it was. it came to him walking through the reagan library working through the citigroup stuff, the temple of free market t
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